Great things coming to DopplerPad

I’ve just been reading this post about DopplerPad and what’s coming next. Some of this sounds really amazing. Here’s what Retronyms have in store for us …

AudioCopy is the first technology to emerge from the Sonoma Wire Works Partnership Program, and there are many more compatible apps coming down the pike. Imagine being able to freely move your audio around between all your music apps! The iPhone pocket studio starts to look like a reality.

Synth Editing
As you read this, we’re working on a powerful set of synth editors that will allow you to create your own synth patches! Basically, we’re putting all the tools we used to create the original set of DopplerPad instruments in your hands. You’ll be able to tweak the existing synths, or create your own from scratch. If you’ve ever wished you could finesse the LFO in Space Oddity, this will be your chance. Here’s a little preview of the categories of parameters you’ll be able to fine-tune:

  • 2 Oscillators, each with 5 waveforms and phase
  • FM synthesis
  • Filter (notch, high pass, band pass, low pass)
  • 2 types of envelopes (mod and amplitude)
  • LFO (tempo-syncable)
  • Touch Y-axis Parameter Control
  • Tap Velocity Parameter Control
  • & more!

We’re currently re-writing big parts of the audio engine to support effects! Whereas now, certain instruments may have a delay, filter, or distortion, etc. In the new version, you can freely apply any effect (called an expression) to any instrument. What’s better, you can edit and create your own effects in much the same way as Synth patches. I won’t say too much about this system now, but you can bet it will be a uniquely DopplerPad-style take on the subject.

And that’s not all…
We’re working on several other tweaks, much of it based off feedback and suggestions from users (so keep it coming). So watch this space for more details to come. Thanks!

It looks like they really took notice of what we asked for then.

DopplerPad at the app store:

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TonesynthDS public test release

TonesynthDS is now available as a public test release. You can download it here.

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SoundCloud app coming to the iPhone

Just heard this on twitter from Dave Haynes. No idea what kind of functionality it will have, but looking forward to seeing what it can do.

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This looks like something a bit different from the normal beat making apps I see. It seems to have quite a lot going for it, in fact, looking at the number of effects and options available it just could be quite a neat little sequencer. The features of the app include:

★ Sequencer
– Record in real time
– StepEditor edits beat positions
– Adjust beats per loop
– Use up to sixty patterns
– Uses midi timing

★ Effects:
-Puncher, Delay, Reverb, Filter and Chorus

★ Mixer:
– Master volume
– Sixteen volume meters
– Six effects for each sound

★ Sound library
– Many categories
– Drums, Sound Effects, Samples and more
– Download or add your own sounds
– Email your mixes or recordings

★ Sound Groups
– Sixteen Pads in each group
– Assign sounds from the library
– Use your own sounds
– Save twenty groups for each song
– Name each groups

★ Editor and Recorder
– Record wav files with a mic or input
– Use recordings on pads
– Add recordings to the library
– Edit the start and end position
– Send to email

★ Song Arranger
– Organizes patterns into a song
– Remembers tempo changes
– Stores up to fifty patterns

★ Disk:
– Manage projects
– Save and load zip files
– Email any file
– Download zip files from the web
– Save all files to a computer

★ Web Browser
– Download zip files from any site

The only thing that puts me off at the moment is the price, £8.99, which seems like a lot for this kind of app, but maybe it is worth it. Anyone tried this as yet?

BeatSequencer at the app store:
BeatSequencer BoomBap by Insight

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ReelDirector for iPhone (3GS)

It is stuff like this that makes me want to go out and buy a 3GS. It looks like this app could be the TrakAx Mobile for the iPhone platform.

I’d be really interested to know if anyone with a 3GS has actually tried this out, and if so what they think of it. As far as I know this is the only true mobile video editing app for the iPhone to date.

According to the write it it has loads of transitions and can support credits etc.

So, should I upgrade?

ReelDirector at the app store:

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Thoughts on Toro Mini

I decided to give myself 5 minutes to play with Toro Mini this morning. Half an hour later I realised that I’d maybe exceeded that a bit.

I really like this app. It is simple, it sounds great and it is really immediate to use. All the things I think a good mobile music application should have.

The sounds that come with the synth are great, and I found myself starting to write stuff with it without even thinking about it.
So far I haven’t messed around with the controls much, but I’ll give that a go later today when I can find a reasonable amount of time to devote to it.

If you want to hear the sound examples you can listen to them here.

Expect to hear more about this app, it has already made a really good start.

Toro Mini at the app store:
TORO mini: Digital Synthesizer

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iGOG Massive Drums (via CDM)

CDM has some interesting thoughts on this new iPhone Drum app with velocity sensing and multi-samples.

Whilst I haven’t commented on many of the new iPhone / Touch drum apps that have appeared I do like the idea of a velocity sensing app so I might give this one a go.

iGOG Massive Drums at the app store:
iGOG: Massive Drums

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Using Sunvox again

I spent some time with Sunvox last night starting to make a new track with it. One thing that struck me is how the interface, which was really designed for use with a stylus works so well in a multi-touch environment. At times it can be a bit crowded on the screen, but once you get used to it navigating around is quite easy.

I also finally got my head around the tracker / pattern sections and now it all suddenly makes perfect sense.
Whilst I think it would be great to see something like Sunvox get ioLibrary support, ideally I’d like to be able to use it with stuff like FourTrack and MultiTrack too. That way I’d be able to finish a whole piece in Sunvox and then record vocals or live instruments over the top.
Now that would be fun!
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Synthtopia on Pocket Piano for Arduino

Synthtopia has a piece on the Pocket Piano board for Arduino which looks like fun to build.

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TonesynthDS (via TCTD)

An interesting looking DS homebrew app called TonesynthDS. Video looks good.

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